Back in July while responding to a domestic dispute call, Taylor Michigan police corporal Matthew Edwards was tragically gunned down in the line of duty. The former Police Officer of the Year leaves behind a wife and two children. Taylor Chevrolet, the local Chevy dealer in the community has stepped up to offer a Corvette ZR1 which will be raffled with the proceeds to help the family.
About 2.200 tickets will be offered at $100 apiece for the Blade Silver 2011 Corvette ZR1. Tickets are expected to go on sale sometime this week with the drawing taking place January 3rd at Taylor Chevrolet. The expected proceeds from the raffle, estimated between $75,000-$85,000 will be placed into a trust fund for the family of Officer Edwards.
Taylor Chevrolet… felt compelled to do something for the family of the slain officer, Matthew Edwards,” owner Bill Perkins said in a statement. “The city of Taylor Police Department provides us the safety and peace of mind every day, and this is the least we could do to show our appreciation for the services they provide — not only to us, but the entire community.”
Taylor Chevrolet will also pay the federal, state and sales tax on behalf of the winner. Thin Blue Line, a non-profit that supports police officers will be handling the licensing and financial transactions for the raffle.
Jodylee Smith of Taylor Chevrolet confirmed the 3ZR trimmed 2011 Corvette ZR1 is currently on display at the dealership.
The Corvette will also be displayed at Rocktoberfest on Sept. 25 and the Fall Festival of the Arts on Oct. 2-3, both at Heritage Park. The car also will be on display at Comerica Park during Detroit Tigers baseball games.
Tickets will be available by calling Taylor Chevrolet at (734) 287-2600 or by visiting the following locations around the Taylor community:
- Taylor Chevrolet, 13801 Telegraph
- Taylor Police Department, 23515 Goddard
- Taylor Midtown Fire Station, 23345 Goddard
- Mayor’s Office at Taylor City Hall, 23555 Goddard
- Lakes of Taylor Golf Club, 25505 Northline
- Taylor Meadows Golf Club, 25360 Ecorse
We’re very sorry for the loss of Officer Matthew and we appreciate Taylor Chevrolet leading the way to help the family he leaves behind.
The Detroit News